Eric Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72.
Lawson died Jan. 10 at his home in San Luis Obispo of respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, his wife, Susan Lawson said Sunday.
Lawson was an actor with bit parts on such TV shows as “Baretta” and “The Streets of San Francisco” when he was hired to appear in print Marlboro ads from 1978 to 1981. His other credits include “Charlie’s Angels,” ”Dynasty” and “Baywatch.” His wife said injuries sustained on the set of a Western film ended his career in 1997.
A smoker since age 14, Lawson later appeared in an anti-smoking commercial that parodied the Marlboro man and an “Entertainment Tonight” segment to discuss the negative effects of smoking. Susan said her husband was proud of the interview, even though he was smoking at the time and continued the habit until he was diagnosed with COPD.
“He knew the cigarettes had a hold on him,” she said. “He knew, yet he still couldn’t stop.”
A few actors and models who pitched Marlboro brand cigarettes have died of smoking-related diseases. They include David Millar, who died of emphysema in 1987, and David McLean, who died of lung cancer in 1995.
Lawson was also survived by six children, 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Jan 27, 2014 8:03am
Was last week’s stock market plunge just a two-day tumble or a true sign of worry? Some market watchers say the rout is a buying opportunity, pointing to signs of improvement for both the US economy and Japan’s return to growth.
Stock futures rose this morning, but with rising volatility and emerging market turmoil, Wall Street is on edge as the new trading week begins. The S&P 500 – the benchmark for many stock mutual funds – dropped 2.6 percent last week. The Dow Jones Index opens for business below 16,000.
Asian markets were hit hard today on the possibility of slower growth in China and the likelihood the Federal Reserve will announce a further drop in its bond-buying stimulus Wednesday.
Emerging markets have been propped up for years by investors seeking higher returns using easy money from the Fed and other central banks. Now that these policies may be ending soon, some investors are heading for the exits. The financial crisis in Argentina and the rise in value of the US dollar are playing into investor fears.
This is a busy week for corporate earnings reports. Apple will be the stock to watch later today when it releases its latest quarterly report. Investors will be paying attention to iPhone sales, looking for the previous year’s records to be broken. Apple released two new iPhones during the last quarter of 2013. It’s also signed new deals with China Mobile – the world’s largest cell phone provider – and Japan’s top company NTT DoCoMo.
Google announces its quarterly earnings Thursday. While the firm may announce big gains in advertising revenues, Google stock has soared 30 percent in the past three months. Without a blow-out report this week, Google’s stock price could sag.
Samsung Electronics it has signed an agreement with Google to cross-license their patents. The firm says the deal covers patents to be filed over the next 10 years as well as existing patents. Samsung said it also paves the way for deeper collaboration on research and development for Samsung and Google. The two already collaborate on smartphones and televisions.
Other corporate reports to watch for include earnings from ExxonMobil, boosted by rising refinery revenues and natural gas prices. Ford and Chrysler will also announce their results this week. Both firms have been boosted by North American sales, but were hit by the deep slump in Europe.
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SHOWS: Good Morning America
They did it! Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici finally said “I do” on Sunday night, as their friends and family looked on. “It feels like just yesterday I was getting down on one knee in Thailand,” Lowe told ABC News before the wedding, “but on the other hand, it feels like we’ve been counting down to our wedding for a long, long time!” From Catherine’s dress shopping expedition to Sean’s hunt for lingerie for his now-wife — and of course, all of the emotional moments from the ceremony, see the full recap below.
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“He’s been really lenient about everything but the vows,” Guidici said. “We definitely wanted to write our own vows, and that came from [Sean], which is so sweet. Very, very early on he said, ‘I want to do our vows,’ even though we just started them a couple days ago.” Lowe, who added, “The wedding’s all about the bride!” laughed. “We’re procrastinators!” he said with a shrug.
The Fashion and Jewels
Fans of the show have already seen photos of Giudici trying on Monique Lhuillier gowns, but surprise! Lowe is going along with her “grown sexy” attitude too. “This is my one chance to wear a baller tux,” he said. “The show has a great stylist, and he got me this Dolce and Gabanna tux that’s amazing. It’s black, but it’s got a bit of a sheen to it. It’s got a darker lapel, and I’ll be wearing the white short and a bow tie, so I’m keeping it classy.” As a bonus, Neil Lane, who designed the couple’s rings, is also loaning diamond cufflinks to Lowe, and Giudici will be wearing Lane’s jewelry too.
“There’s gonna be a really cool flower arrangement at the reception, but I don’t know what it’s gonna look like at the ceremony!” Giudici admitted. “[But] I love peonies and hydrangeas – bulbous flowers.” To go along with the neutral color scheme, the bride-to-be added that there may be some white roses in the mix, “but red’s out!” she said. “No red roses at all.”
Some of the show’s successful couples, including Jason and Molly Mesnick, Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, Trista and Ryan Sutter, and the latest couple to get engaged, Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried, will be invited, along with contestant pals of the couple’s. Expect to see Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Jef Holm from Lowe’s stint on “The Bachelorette,” and Lesley Murphy, from Giudici’s season of “The Bachelor,” is one of the bridesmaids.
“Our color theme is gold. Golds and neutral colors,” Giudici said. “I love gold, and not only [because I wore it in] Thailand, but it’s very vibrant and fun in a grown-up way.” In keeping with the color scheme, the bridesmaids will be wearing blush with gold accents. “I wanted all of them to feel really comfortable and beautiful because it’s a big day for them too,” she added. “So, I gave them a litle bit of freedom!”
“It was really up to the hotel,” Giudici said of the menu. “[But] they have exquisite choices, and I know our guests are really gonna be wow’d with the options they have.” One thing they did have some control over? The cakes. In addition to a wedding cake that they’re both excited about, there will be a special groom’s cake in the likeness of the couple’s two dogs.
While the ceremony will be more traditional (complete with the couple’s nephews sharing the role of ring bearer and Lowe’s niece acting as the flower girl), the reception will be relaxed. “It’s our two families and friends coming together to celebrate us so I just wanted the reception to be a big party,” he said. “I want everyone to have fun and let loose, and I think we’re definitely gonna accomplish that.”
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Jude Law has told Britain’s phone hacking trial that for years the media had an “unhealthy” amount of information about his private life. But the actor said he was unaware until he heard it in court Monday that a close family member allegedly sold stories about him to the tabloid press.
Law appeared as a witness at the trial of two former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid — Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson — and five others on charges related to illegal eavesdropping. The defendants deny all the charges.
The “Sherlock Holmes” star was for years a favorite of Britain’s tabloid press, which reveled in details of his relationships with designer Sadie Frost and actress Sienna Miller.
Law said that his media profile rose after he was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” From then on, he said, “there seemed to be an unhealthy amount of information” about him in the press, and he would often arrive at places with his children to find photographers already there.
Law, Frost and Miller are among scores of celebrities, politicians and others who have been paid compensation for phone hacking by Murdoch’s News Corp. Murdoch closed the News of the World in 2011 after details emerged of the scale of its snooping.
But a defense lawyer suggested Monday that some of the information in 2005 News of the World stories alleging an affair between Law’s then-girlfriend Miller and actor Daniel Craig might have had another source — Law’s associates.
“I didn’t know anyone around me was talking to the newspapers,” the 41-year-old actor said as he gave evidence for just over an hour at London’s Central Criminal Court.
Coulson’s lawyer, Timothy Langdale, asked Law if he knew that a member of his immediate family had been giving information to the News of the World in exchange for money.
“I was not aware of that,” Law said. Asked when he first heard of the allegation, Law said: “Today.”
Law was shown the name of the family member on a piece of paper. It was not shown to the jury or journalists.
The trial also heard evidence from former tabloid journalist Dan Evans, who has pleaded guilty to hacking phones while employed by the News of the World and, before that, rival tabloid the Sunday Mirror.
He said that while at the Sunday Mirror between 2003 and 2005, he was given the phone numbers of celebrities and told to “crack” them.
“Principally I was tasked with covering news events, investigations, undercover work, latterly with hacking people’s voicemail,” Evans said.
He later worked for the News of the World between 2005 and 2010.
Evans has pleaded guilty to hacking phones at both newspapers, and is appearing as a prosecution witness against his former colleagues.
The police investigation into phone hacking initially focused on Murdoch’s papers, but has spread to take in other companies, including Trinity Mirror PLC, which owns the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Mirror.
The Daily Mirror was edited between 1995 and 2004 by CNN interviewer Piers Morgan, who told a British inquiry into media ethics that he was not aware of any phone hacking while he was there. The head of the inquiry, judge Brian Leveson, called Morgan’s claim “utterly unpersuasive.”